Russia completes assembly of the world’s most powerful laser

The Russian Federal Nuclear Center – Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics (VNIIEF) in the city of Sarov – has completed one of the most important stages in building a highly powerful laser facility. VNIIEF scientists have assembled the central element of the structure – the interaction chamber.

It is to be used for controlled inertial thermonuclear fusion experiments. Once assembled, the chamber was moved by a huge crane to the main building where the experiments will take place.

The facility’s diameter is 10 meters, and its weight is about 120 tons. Laser energy will interact with the target inside the chamber. The structure was mounted in 14 months, and moving the chamber took about another month. The Sarov laser will become fully operational in 2022, while its first module systems will be launched already this year.

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